Originally Posted by KaiserSose
Has anyone attempted to distress / break-in a Filson bag?
Jean shop in NYC sells a bag similar to the 256, with distressed leather and a softer canvas. According to the guy this is accomplished by oiling the leather and washing it.
Considering their price of $350, I'd much rather attempt something myself, or just wait for it to age with time. Personally, I think it looks strange new, kind of like white chucks that have somehow stayed pristine for years.
Here's mine, after about six years of hard use:
It's actually completely beat up. There's a huge stain from an exploded pen, and one of the shoulder strap anchors is coming loose. I keep almost retiring it as my briefcase, but haven't quite committed yet. At this point the bag is totally soft and even a little shapeless.
It doesn't take much to break them in!